Here’s your second question (in a series of five).

You go to the kitchen and there’s a tasty looking chocolate cake on the table. You have eight(!) hungry kids who all want a piece. What would you do next?

(a) Cut the cake so there are eight evenly size pieces.

(b) Just chop out slices randomly until everyone has a bit.

(c) Give the whole cake to the kids and let them just dive in.

This question is related to your natural gift of size comparison.

When you cut a cake in half you are using your gift of size comparison. You are also using it when you pour a glass of cordial and get the same ratio of cordial to water every time, or when you cut up vegetables so that they are the correct size for cooking.

In drawing you often need to know how big something is in relation to something else. For example, if you were drawing a picture of an apple, an apricot and a cherry then you would need to know how big each of the fruit were in relation to each other in order to draw them realistically.

If you answered (a) to the above question, you are probably already quite adept at size comparison in your everyday life. If you answered (b) or (c) look for opportunities to compare sizes in your day-to-day activities, such as cutting up sandwiches, cakes, vegetables or when filling up drinking glasses. You’ll soon see as you consciously practice this skill, that you do indeed have the natural gift of size comparison. Whatever your answer, you will be able to refine this gift by using a few well-designed drawing exercises.

Lets move onto your next natural gift for drawing and painting